At the Orthopaedic Institute of Central Maine (OICM), we’re committed to making your recovery from joint replacement as smooth and swift as possible. That process actually starts before your procedure, with pre-rehabilitation, or prehab.
This special program is designed to strengthen and prepare the muscles ahead of surgery, so that you go into surgery with optimal health and have the best outcome possible. Below, we’ve answered the most frequent questions revolving around this innovative practice.
What is Prehab?
Prehab is an exercise therapy program started at least six weeks or longer before surgery. It is conducted with a dedicated physical therapist, who guides you through bodyweight and flexibility movements to strengthen and stabilize your body. It’s a new concept — but has already proven to lead to a faster recovery.
How Can Prehab Get You Back on Your Feet Faster?
The rewards of prehab show in as little as 24 hours after surgery. Because of the increased level of fitness achieved before surgery, patients can often walk quicker, have shorter hospital stays and may be discharged and sent to outpatient rehab, rather than to a rehab facility for inpatient therapy.
Where Can I Attend Prehab Classes?
We have three locations convenient to you:
Central Maine Medical Center – Lewiston, Maine
Bridgton Hospital – Bridgton, Maine
Rumford Hospital – Rumford, Maine